West Campus hosts state educators at emotional intelligence symposium

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Pictured at the Nov. 22 symposium (from left): Jill Spineti, president and CEO of The Governor’s Prevention Partnership; Jeff Klaus, Webster Bank’s regional president for Connecticut shoreline; David Esquith, director of the U.S. Office of Safe and Healthy Students; Marc Brackett, director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence (YCEI); Senator Richard Blumenthal; and Susan Rivers, deputy director of YCEI. (Photo by Harold Shapiro)

More than 200 school administrators and school board members from around Connecticut attended a symposium at West Campus on Nov. 22 to learn how the principles of emotional intelligence can reduce bullying while improving educational environments and academic performance of students.

The morning symposium, sponsored by The Governor’s Prevention Partnership, was chaired by Marc Brackett, director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. Brackett led a discussion about how learning to teach social and emotional skills can create a safe learning environment and foster school-based curriculum initiatives.

School administrators and Brackett also discussed how to prevent bullying through implementation of RULER, an approach developed at Yale that helps school officials, teachers, students, and their families develop emotional skills so they can foster healthy relationships, make sound decisions, improve overall mental health, and achieve desired academic outcomes.

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